I went to superior Auto Institue to learn PDR in July(2012). At the start of the classes I was pretty nervous about all of it. What type of setting would we be in? What is my trainer going to be like and will he be a good teacher not just good at PDR? Would the 2 week school be worth what I paid? Let me start by saying that my trainer was awesome. His name is Brian and he knows his profession and how to teach it. For the first week we were in a shop that he owns where we worked on hoods to learn the basics. By the end of the 1st week I was really starting to get the hang of it, removing soft dents, sharp dents, and creases from different hoods and moving on to a few customer cars. On friday I did slow down a bit but the weekend came at the perfect time as to give my eyes a rest. Your eyes will need to adjust to reading the light so if you are anything like me you will come back from the weekend stronger than you were on friday. During the 2nd week we would warm up at the shop and then go to a body shop where they let us work on different cars, customer and employee. While I was repairing a dent on the sliding door of a van a man came up to me and asked if I would look at his Mercedes the following day when it was delivered back to his dealership. I told him I would have to talk to Brian but that I would probably be able to come back. As a student at Superior not only did I learn to remove dents and gain confidence in my ability, I got a little paid work while I was there from a guy that just happened to walk by and see my work. I hadnt even finished training and he thought I was better than whoever messed his car up trying to do what I did. FIX IT!
So in conclusion, yes! The 2 week class is definitely worth the price. The value of what you learn is amazing, not to mention they give you a tool set. If you have any reservations about going, I felt the same way, but I have to say I am prepaired and ready to start making money right now. Not 6 months from now, but right now.
A special thanks to Brian and Tavi. You guys were great!